I visited one of Rick Rubin's original LA home studio's recently. Full of ancient technology, beautiful rugs and a thickly, creeping atmosphere of legend-itis.
Amid the analog gear, there exists a tiny digital corner, consisting of a Power Mac, a small sequencer, midi keys, a couple pre-amps and a compressor. About 1/20th the size of the analogue space.
I don't know if Mr. Rubin still uses the place, but I do know someone else who does. And he wouldn't have a clue how to fire up the old 1000+ button board. Must have been manufactured in the UK, I'm guessing. Neve? Probably.
No, he doesn't touch the practically priceless gear. Doesn't need to get "that sound" that people used to talk about all day. But he does get to work. Granted, he is sitting in an inspired place, but, he gets to work. And with the tools that he's familiar with, to produce results quickly, so that it can feed the loop.
What's my point?